I've noticed a large price increase in passports over the last 12 months and have plans to go abroad soon so wanted to grab mine quickly. £66, bloody thing. As it's my first and because of my DOB getting mine involves filling in an extra couple of bits and sending extra documents. And I filled in my info on-line in the hope of making sure I had done it all correctly. It's not gone well. Asked a friend who's a teacher to counter sign my form but she declined as she didn't want to hand over her information. Maybe she doesn't have a passport and didn't want to say? Asked an accountant friend who said yes. Then told me later that his passport had run out so he couldn't do it. Lost one passport photo. Went around to pick it up from his house, lost another photo. Absolutely refuse to ever go to my local doctors (and any doctors now), ever, after the ***** shot me down one day and I walked out wanting to punch her and they'll charge me to sign it. So instead asked the dentist, said she'd sign it for free. Woo. Collected it, gave dentist chocolates to say thanks. Packed it all up and posted it. Worried if they'd reject the poor quality photos I had to include due to losing the other two. I think Alex's carpet likes to eat things. Wait two weeks. Get a letter informing me I hadn't included my birth certificate. Phone up the passport office to be told my birth certificate isn't good enough and I need a different type which I have never owned. Phone up the local registry office, get put through to a very dodgy recorded message and find out I will have to pay an extra £7 (plus lots more in petrol and parking) and it will take two working days. Decide not to go today as the 20min journey will take about an hour because of ****ty roadworks. Have to wait until Monday because they're closed on Saturdays. Then will have to go back Wednesday/Thursday to pick it up. Then post it and wait a few more weeks. Bloody grrrr. this rant was brought to you by the good people of "ferny"